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The BLBA has been informed that tomorrow 22 December 2015, at 14:30 at Bakgatla Administration Offices (Moruleng), the Premier of the North West Province, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, will present a determination on the longstanding Mafereka Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims Report.

The Report will focus on the claim lodged by Mr Mmuthi Pilane, who contend that he is the rightful heir to the chieftaincy of Motlhabe Village; and Mr Merafe Pilane who claim to be the rightful senior traditional leader of the Bakgatla ‘tribe’.

Mr Mmuthi Pilane launched a successful bid at the Constitutional Court, granting him in 2012, powers for his community to consider secession from the Bakgatla ‘tribe’. The uncontested Mr Merafe Pilane on the other hand, lodged his claim following alleged resignation by Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, with a letter presented to the then Premier of the North West, Ms Thandi Modise.

The release of the Mafereka Report is prompted also by a Court Order, and planned protests by a number of other North West communities (including Bapo ba Mogale and Baphalane ba Ramokoka) for its release. The Communities contend that there is widespread personal, economic, and political interest on the Report, which will mark changes to mining deals on their platinum-rich lands.

The Report will hopefully mark an end to a sad, long, and debilitating battle between warring factions within the Bakgatlha Traditional Community.

Thusi Rapoo

073 443 5699

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